Baseball: Bows blank Spartans, 3-0

Stephan Bryant picks up his fourth win and Darell Fisherbaugh earned his fourth save as Hawaii evened the series at one game a piece with San Jose State.

HONOLULU - The University of Hawai`i Rainbow baseball team (18-11, 4-4 WAC) defeated the San Jose State Spartans (15-14-1, 5-6) 3-0 in front of a crowd of 2,911 at the Les Murakami Stadium Saturday. Stephen Bryant (4-2) gave up just three hits in 7.1 innings to get the win while Darrell Fisherbaugh pitched in the ninth inning to preserve the shutout and earn his fourth save of the season. Corey Cabral (4-4) took the loss for SJSU.

Brian Finegan led the way for the Rainbows at the plate, going 3-for-4 with one RBI and one run, while also leading the way defensively with five assists. Gregory Kish was 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI, while Creighton Kahoalii went 1-for-2 with a double and a run.

Bryant was on his game early as he faced the minimum through the first four innings, aided by big double plays in the first, second and fourth innings

SJSU threatened in the fifth with runners on second and third before Finegan came up with the big defensive play, throwing out a runner at home on a ground ball. The Rainbows also threatened in the sixth as they had the bases loaded with just one out. But Cabral was able to get out of the jam, keeping the game scoreless.

Hawai`i then got their rally in the seventh as Finegan singled to left, scoring Kahoali`i, before Kish hit a two-RBI double, scoring Isaac Omura and Finegan, making it 3-0.

The Spartans were able to get a runners just 90 feet away, at third base, in each of the last four innings, but the Rainbow pitching combination of Bryant, Guy McDowell and Fisherbaugh came up big each time, helping the 'Bows preserve the 3-0 victory.

The two teams will play the rubber-match of the series tomorrow at 1 p.m. with Clary Carlsen (5-3) probably pitching for the 'Bows against Bradon Dewing (1-4).

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